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Famed pianist and composer Eddie Palmieri won nine Grammy Awards throughout his career, for albums like The Sun of Latin Music, Solito and Masterpiece.
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He then helped institute the Latin/African-Caribbean Jazz category for the Grammys, beginning in 1995. In 1998, Palmieri received an honorary doctorate from the Berklee College of Music. A year later, he was commissioned to compose a suite for the Ballet Hispanico of New York.
In 2000, the successful musician announced that he was leaving the world of music. But before his retirement,
he released Masterpiece (2000) with Tito Puente. The album won two Grammys and Palmieri earned the "Outstanding Producer of the Year" award from the National Foundation of Popular Culture. In 2002, he was awarded the Chubb Fellowship by Yale University for developing communities through music. The award is usually reserved for international heads of state.
In 2005 Palmieri received the Alice Tully African Heritage Award from City College, the Harlem Renaissance Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award from Urban Latino magazine, and was inducted into both the Bronx Walk of Fame and the Chicago Walk of Fame. He also reached another landmark achievement that year when he became the first Latino to host a radio show on National Public Radio. The show "Caliente" is broadcast by more than 160 radio stations nation-wide.
Palmieri won yet another Grammy in 2006 for his album Listen Here!, and in 2007 he received his most recent Grammy award for his collaborative effort with trumpter Brian Lynch on the album Simpático.
Eddie Palmieri currently lives with his wife, Iraidia. They have five children.
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